I was looking for something to perk up the bedroom and these linens did just that. It looks so bright and cheery when you walk in. I'm using the polka dot sheets (they have black and white check border) with a black and whie contemporary floral duvet and shams, and layered that with a solid red duvet and shams. I laundered the sheet set before using it and had no trouble with fading or shrinking. I absolutely love it, and the price made it a good deal too..